Tips for organising your home office when it’s also your craft room and company HQ
You’re creating your own empire, one hand-thrown bowl or custom-made cowl at a time. You may already be a master of your art, but between the supplies, mailing materials and your online presence, your workroom could probably use a facelift. And, goodness knows, there’s nothing we crafters like better than a good homegrown project.
Home organisation expert Erin Vaughan shares some ideas to get your craft room right so you can pump out the goods and keep your buyers happy.
Textile designer Louise Brainwood has a dedicated craft table in her home studio
Have separate workspaces for your computer and crafts
You don’t want to have to shove aside the fabric you’re printing or fuss with the sewing machine every time you need to answer an email. A dedicated desk for the business side of your operations, paired with a wide, spacious crafting area, helps maintain your focus (and keep things organised!) in each of these separate arenas.
Some shop owners achieve this balance using a double-sided crafting table placed squarely in the middle of their workrooms, which allows them to go from laptop to craft station as the day dictates.
Charlotte Macey has plenty of storage space in her studio for all her fabrics and packaging supplies
Add twice the storage
No office is complete without a few shelves, but throw in years’ worth of craft supplies and you’ll need some serious storage. A large, freestanding open shelving system or several wide shelves perched over your work table will give you lots of options. The “open” part of the shelving is key here, however – you want to be able to get what you need fast, without a lot of digging around.
Rosie O’Neill has all her supplies close at hand in simple Ikea drawers, tumblers and jars
Bookbinder Louise from Jackdaw Bindery keeps her supplies well organised so she can quickly see if she needs to reorder anything
Upgrade your drawers
Wait, didn’t we just say to use open shelves? Okay, I admit, a few drawers are definitely a necessity for those items that need to be contained. But you’ll want to invest in a good labelling system to keep your process streamlined. Chalkboard labels are aesthetically pleasing and let you relabel easily when you reorganise.
Artist Helen Hallows has set aside an area of her studio for packaging and posting her prints
Set up a mailing station in your craft room
Speed does make a difference in the business of online selling. A maker who can post their product out in a timely fashion – complete with a few one-of-a-kind touches like a handmade tag or a cute wrapping job – will be much more likely to earn repeat buyers.
Dedicate one end of your desk to packaging, so you can keep envelopes, boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap and tags all in one spot, ideally near the printer.
Have a space dedicated to taking product shots – make sure it’s well lit and has an interesting backdrop, like this simple set-up by photographer Yeshen Venema
Create a location for photoshoots
Let’s be honest, when you’re selling online, it’s often the photos that really make or break a sale. While it pays to get creative with your images, a clean, interesting backdrop set up in an area with plenty of natural light will give your pics that professional pop.
Make sure the area is large enough to give shoppers context by adding props if you need them — you want to give potential customers an idea of the actual size of the item.
Main image: The beautiful bright home studio / craft room of Sojung Kim McCarthy from Do A Little Dance
About the writer
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.